Award Year: 2020

Dobbs Ferry High School

505 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY, 10522-1118

(914) 693-7645

Dr. John Falino, Principal at time of Nomination

Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District

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The Dobbs Ferry School District strives to develop independent, curious, and open-minded learners who think critically, work collaboratively, act ethically, and are knowledgeable about the world around them.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 21%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Dobbs Ferry High School Annual Flagpole Picture

Dobbs Ferry High School Annual Flagpole Picture

Dobbs Ferry High School (DFHS) is an IB World School and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to students in grades 11-12 and the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) to students in grades 9-10. DFHS was authorized by the IBO in 1998 and was the first school in Westchester County (NY) to earn this distinction. The IB Program exposes all students to a rich college-level curriculum that promotes international mindedness, while focusing on service and the importance of "thinking globally and acting locally."

What distinguishes DFHS from other public schools is that it is a true "IB for All" school. All students are full IB learners and access both the IB MYP and IB DP. All teachers at DFHS are IB trained, including all of our special education teachers and school counselors, and multiple interventions and supports are layered throughout the system to ensure the success of all students. Our program is flexible, provides multiple pathways to attain a full IB Diploma, and includes many co-taught IB courses so that all students are successful. In addition, DFHS has a competitive three-year science research program, a full one-to-one technology program, a focus on service learning, high student involvement in the arts and athletics, over thirty co-curricular clubs, and an MYP Personal Project. DFHS truly meets the needs of all learners, and our small nurturing environment allows for a personalized experience for all of our students.